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Getting started 2
Controller Configuration 3
Title Screen Nenu 5
Options Nenu 7
Character Select Screen 8
Mission Screen 8
Mission Intro 8
Items Screen 8
Game Screen 9
Pause Screen 11
Continue Function 13
Mission Scoring 13
Advanced Ninja Techniques 14
Combos & Special Moves 16
Customer Support 22
Software License Agreement 25
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3. Press the eject button and the disc tray will open.
4. Place the Tenchu: Return from Darkness ' disc on the disc tray
with the label facing up and close the disc tray.
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information about playing Tenchu: Return from Darkness"
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Tenchu: Return from Darkness:
It was a time of hiatus in a period of bitter wars and great turmoil.
The Azuma ninja clan conducted the h'aditional ceremonies to end
its year of mourning for the tragic death of Rikimaru. Meanwhile,
the land of Lord Gohda celebrated the passing of the fourth season
of peace since the defeat of Lord Mei-Oh. Only the Azuma ninjas
knew the truth about Lord Nei-Oh's disappearance into a portal
after he was defeated. It was a secret that even Lord Gohda did
Lord Gohda did know that the Azuma ninjas served him with their
lives and with their honor— delivering midnight messages to
neighboring states and punishment in the shadows to those who
turned against him. They were a feared yet unknown group, a
faceless arm of Justice masked in a cloud of secrets. Most
importantly, they were his merciless force of silent assassins.
This is the sequel to a tale of two shadows born unto darkness
and destined to die in darkness.
Rikimaru, Age 26
Leader of the Azuma Shinobi~ryu ninJa sect.
His thoroughness, patience and bravery have
proven worthy of the Izayoi sword by the
sect's master Shiunsai. Terrifyingly focused
and withdrawn, his sense of destiny and of
composure give him the strength to take on
missions that most would consider similar
Ayame, Age 11
Bold yet quick, silent yet cunning, Ayame has been
trained since childhood as a ninJa. Sharp with her
tongue as with her sword, Ayame uses an acrobatic
style of ninjitsu to overcome obstacles living or
dead. Ayame adores Gohda's daughter Kiku as if
Kiku were her own baby sister.
TITLE SCREEN MENO
Use ^ and ^ on the directional pad to scroll through the options
and press the A button to select. There are five selectable options
on the Title screen menu.
• Story Mode - Select this to play Story Mode.
• Multiplayer Mode — Here you can play with two players.
• Options - Select Options to change game settings (see Options
Menu on page 7).
• Tutorial — Describes basic movement, attacks and special
functions. Select Training Map to play a practice level.
• Xbox Live - Select this option to play a multiplayer game using
Play either Versus mode or Co-Op Mode. Highlight with the
directional pad and select with the A button. Two controllers must
be attached before this option can be selected.
Inversus Mode you can fight against another player head-to-head.
Beware of enemies that will join in on the fight and look for items
that you can pick up to aid you in your battle.
In Co-Op Mode you can collaborate with another player to complete
missions. As a team of assassins, each player is responsible for
accomplishing the mission and the safe return of the other player.
Do not let your team member die. Stay close together to perform
simultaneous stealth kills.
Xbox //Vf '
You can play a cooperative mission or versus match with one other
player using Xbox Live? Both players will be able to control a
character and see the mission full screen. Xbox L/ve" multiplayer
missions are the same as the ones that are available in Multiplayer
Mode. The difference between Xbox L/ve' ' and regular Multiplayer
Mode games is you and your partner don't have to be in the same
room— or even the same country! Select from several different
characters and work as a team or battle it out with the other Xbox
Live" player. You can also use Xbox L/ve'"s voice chat function to
chat with your partner as you fight through the mission.
When you log on to Xbox Live? you can access the list of players
you've played with in the past to invite one of those players to
play a new mission with you. You can also select players from the
list and add them to your separate Friends list. Mst send a friend
request to the player to add him or her to your Friends list. You
can use your Friends list to invite a friend to play an Xbox L/ve' '
Co-Op mission with you as well.
Select Tutorial to get a list of attacks and other game functions.
From the Tutorial menu, select Training Map to play a tutorial level
with hints and help to teach you the basic moves and combos of
the game. If you're having trouble getting past the first level even
though you keep trying, play through Training Mode to beef up
your ninja skills.
Use 1^ and vU on the directional
pad to highlight an option and
press the A button to select. Use
the B button to return to the Title
screen. There are 8 options to
Records - Choose this option to view a record of rankings that were
achieved with each character. Use <- and -^ on the directional pad
to switch between records of the different characters.
Difficulty - Use <- and -> on the directional pad to select between
difficulty settings for Easy, Normal and Hard.
Sound - Use ^ and -^ on the directional pad to change the sound
settings for music, sound effects and languages.
Controller - Change button settings. Use ^ and -> on the
directional pad to turn the vibration On/ Off and switch the camera
Stealth Kills - Use ^ and -^ on the directional pad to turn the
stealth kills On/Off.
Save and Load - Select this option to save/load a game to the
Brightness Adjustment - Use this screen to adjust the brightness
settings of your TV.
New Abilities - Choose this option to view a list of new abilities
earned and their explanations.
CHARACTER SELECT SCREEN
Use <- and -> on the directional pad to select the character you
want to use. Press the A button to advance. Press the B button to
return to the Title screen.
This screen will display all playable missions. When you complete
certain missions, more will become available. Use 1^ and ^ on the
directional pad to select a mission and press the A button to
select. Use <- and -> on the directional pad to select an enemy
layout within the selected mission. Press the B button to return to
the Character Select screen,
In the mission intro you'll hear a description of your mission.
Press START to skip the intro and move to the Items screen.
The ninja items that are available for you to use will be displayed
on this screen. By completing missions and earning better
rankings, you'll earn more items. Highlight the item you want to
add to your inventory by using ^,^r<r and -> on the directional
pad and press the A button to select it.
Remember that you are limited both by the total number of items
you can carry (shown by the remaining number in the middle of
the screen) and the number of different types of items you can
carry (6). You always carry the grappling hook, so you can select
up to 5 other kinds of items. When you're satisfied with your
Inventory, press the START button to begin the mission.
Items are automatically replenished at the completion of a
mission. The ranking you're awarded at the end of the mission
will determine the quantity of items to be replenished. Obviously,
the higher the ranking, the more items you will obtain. Items
that weren't used in the mission are automatically returned to
This section describes the various displays shown during the
game. These displays provide you with information vital to your
survival and your success.
Enemy Health - When you encounter an enemy, the enemy's
health is indicated by the bar located in the upper left corner of the
screen. The number indicates the enemy's remaining hit points.
Your Health - Your health is indicated by the bar at the lower
left corner of the screen and by the remaining hit points. The
maximum is 1 00. When it reaches 0, you die.
Kl Meter - A ninja has a sixth sense that will allow him or her to
sense the emotions of people and creatures nearby. The Ki Meter
is the embodiment of this sense. It indicates the proximity and
alertness of any nearby beings. The meter shows how aware the
enemy is of your existence 4 ways: 7, 1, lU ??. The closer the
enemy, the larger the size of the meter.
? - This indicates the presence of an enemy or innocent
bystander who is not aware of your existence.
! - This indicates that you have been spotted but you are not
yet identified as a threat. The enemy may haven mistaken you
for a dog, cat or colleague.
!I - This indicates you have been spotted and identified as an
intruder. The enemy will attack with the intent to kill.
!? - This indicates that an enemy has been alerted by
suspicious sounds or a body and is actively searching for an
intruder. Beware— searching guards diligently scan rooftops.
The number next to the Ki Meter is a numerical representation of
the Ki Meter. The closer the enemy is to spotting you. the higher
Kujl (9 Kanjf) Meter -With every stealth kill performed, youll
earn some kanji. Earn 9 kanjl and you'll be awarded a new ability
specific to that mission. After you earn the new ability specific to
that stage, keep the Kuji Meter as full as possible because a fuller
gauge allows you to do more damage with normal attacks.
Inventory Items - The items that your ninja is carrying are shown
using icons. The number below each icon indicates how many of
that item is being carried. Select the desired item by using the
Black button or <- and -4 on the directional pad. To shortcut to
the grappling hook, press -T on the directional pad. If you have
a health potion, the shortcut is si/ on the directional pad.
Press the START button during gameplay to access the Pause
screen. Press START again to go back to the game.
Retry ~ Select Retry to restart from the beginning of the current
level with the items that you've already selected. Using Retry
lets you restart a level without having to die to keep your point
Item Selection Screen - Select Return to Item Selection Screen to
view or change the items that you have with you in the level. If you
find you've packed the wrong items and can't succeed without a
certain item, press START and select Return to Item Selection
Screen. You can then switch out items without having to die and
restart the level.
Expansion slot A
Expansion slot B
Directional pad Right thumbstick
Black button Scroll left through item inventory
White button Look around by manually controlling the
camera. Use the left thumbstick while
holding down the White button to move
the camera around.
right trigger • Autoface and lock on (when an enemy is nearby) .
• Tap once to autoface towards the closest enemy
within fighting range.
• Hold down to lock on to the enemy you
• Strafe (when enemy is not nearby).
• Pull and hold the right trigger button and move
the left thumbstick to strafe.
left trigger • Stealth Mode.
• Pull the left trigger button to crouch. If you're
near a wall you'll press your back against it.
Use in combination with the Jump button to
perform a somersault.
• Pull and hold the left trigger button and press
the B button to drag dead bodies.
riglit thumbstick Detonate Sticky Bombs.
right thumbstick Move camera while sliding along the walls.
left thumbstick Move your character.
■t^ Shortcut to the grappling hook.
si/ Shortcut to the health potion.
-^ Scroll right through item inventory.
<- Scroll left through item inventory.
Y button Aim/Use Item.
For projectile items, hold down the Y button
and use the left thumbstick to aim, let go of the
y button to shoot.
X button Attack.
A button Jump. Tap again while in the air to perform a
double jump. Use with the left trigger button to
perform somersaults. Use with the right trigger
button to perform flips.
B button Block/ Secondary attack.
Hold down the B button to block against attacks. By facing square
with an enemy and holding down the B button, Rikimaru will be able
to pick up enemies. By letting go of the B button, Rikimaru will throw
that enemy. For Ayame, doing the same will perform a chop to the
head that will give her time to run away and hide.
To exit a level, press and hold the left trigger, right trigger, START
and Black buttons and the game will return to the Title screen.
(Easy difCiculty only)
If you die and don't want to go back to the beginning of the level,
select Continue to go back to the last save checkpoint. This way,
you can retry whatever fight killed you and emerge victorious.
However, selecting Continue counts as negative points toward
your final mission score.
Your ninja skills will be ranked at the end of each completed mission.
Earning a high score is important because it determines the type and
number of ninja items that will be available for your next mission.
] stealth Kills - 20 points each.
j Normal Kills — 5 points each.
Spotted - 450 bonus points for not being spotted. Minus 150 points
the first time you are spotted and 30 points from this bonus each time ;
you are spotted thereafter.
Noncombatants — Minus 50 points each time you murder an
Saving Your Progress
You can save your progress at the end of a mission by turning
on the autosave feature (default is ON) or by selecting Quit
on the Results or Game Over screens and then selecting Save
on the Save and Load sub-menu of the Options menu. Only
one Tenchu: Return from Darkness'^' game can be saved
ADVANCED NINJA TECHNIQUES
The true ninja is unseen. You must avoid being spotted because
identification by the enemy may mean death. Fade into your
environment to avoid detection. Crouch among bushes. Press flat
against walls. Creep above ceilings. Dash from shadow to shadow.
Use the grappling hook to rise above enemies. Strike guards without
being seen. All this and more is possible by erasing your own
presence from the environment. That is the ultimately beautiful way
of the ninja. The way of the Azuma Shinobi-ryu.
Use SoDiersaults and Move While Groocliing
Somersaults and crouching are fundamental moves for stealth.
Somersaults are particularly useful for moving quickly while in
stealth. Crouching will allow you to hide behind low obstacles and
will also reduce the range at which you are spotted and recognized.
To crouch, press the left trigger button. You can perform
somersaults while crouching by using the left thumbstick and
pressing the A button.
Slide Along the Walls
This is another technique that is indispensable to a ninja. There is
no telling what danger lurks beyond the corners of halls and
passageways. When you are close to a wall press the left trigger
button to move up against it. Nove the left thumbstick to slide along
the wall. You will automatically stop at a corner and the camera will
pan out to allow you to see around the corner. Use the right
thumbstick while you have your back pressed up against a wall to
manipulate the camera.
Use the Grappliog Hook
The grappling hook is a vital tool for conducting missions. It is
indispensable for scaling high walls and climbing up rooftops.
Select the grappling hook, press and hold down the Y button and
aim the grappling hook with the left thumbstick. Then let go of the
Y button to shoot the grappling hook. The sight of the grappling
hook will turn a brighter red when it is on top of something it can
Be Patient aod Kill from the Shadows
To be a successful ninja you must learn to be patient. All ninja
can perform devastating one-hit kills only if the intended target is
entirely unaware of the creeping ninja, (The Ki Meter must be no
higher than ?.) Sneak up on the victim, and press the X button
to execute them. The actual technique used will depend on the
distance between the ninja and the target and the direction from
which you approach the victim.
Use the Nioja Items
To successfully complete missions, the importance of items cannot
be overlooked. Although there are items for attacking, such as
shurikens and gi'enades, the key point is that you are a ninja—
secrecy is paramount. Learn to use items that are designed to help
the ninja remain undetected. Poison rice balls can be used to lure
guards away from your path. When spotted by an enemy, a smoke
bomb can provide temporary cover while you escape.
Know Yoor Eoemy
To complete a mission without being spotted, the ninja must be a
good scout. You will need to detect danger and bypass or remove it.
Use the Ki Meter to determine when you are close to an enemy. If
you are close, stop, crouch and look around to find out where the
enemy lurks. When you find enemies, try to view them from a safe
vantage point to learn their patrol patterns and habits. Once you
know an enemy, you can time your approach in order to take the
enemy by surprise. Always use stealth techniques when an enemy
is nearby to maximize the chances of remaining undetected. Be
aware that some enemies can see farther than other enemies. ^^^
Place Your MissioD Before Vour Greed
Your missions will not necessitate the l^illing of everyone. Some
enemies won't be wortli tlie kill when you gauge the risks involved
of being identified. Do not be greedy about getting all of the
hidden items within the map. You should consider some of them
as traps that will make you more visible to guards.
COMBOS & SPECIAL MOVES
3 Hit Combo
3 Hit Combo & Kick
X, X, X, X + up on the left thumbstick
Rotate the left thumbstick 360° and
Hop to the Left/Right
Press the A button and left/right with the
left thumbstick while holding down the
right trigger button near an enemy
Press the A button while holding down the
left trigger button
Somersault to Left/Right
Press left/right with the left thumbstick and
press the A button while holding down the
left trigger button
Press the A button while holding down the
Press up with the left thumbstick and press
the B button to pick up; throw by letting go
of the B button
Crawl into Opening
Crouch by pressing the left trigger button
down and move forward into the opening
White button + left thumbstick
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